Stephenson J. National Academies Offers Guidance on Reopening Schools Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Health Forum. Published online July 28, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2020.0973
As a national debate rages over whether US schools should reopen amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) urges school districts to prioritize reopening schools full time, especially for kindergarten through grade 5 (K-5) classes and for students with special needs.
Noting that states, districts, and schools are wrestling with “complex and high-stakes” questions about whether to reopen schools and how to do so safely, the NAS says the new report responds to the need for evidence-based guidance about COVID-19 and the effects of school closures on students and their families.
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Joan Stephenson, PhD Joan Stephenson, PhD, is Consulting Editor for the Forum and JAMA and an award-winning independent writer and editor based in Chicago. She joined JAMA as a writer and editor for JAMA's Medical News & Perspectives department and subsequently served...